Mental Health Awareness Week
As Mental Health Awareness Week draws to a close, we take a look at some of the support measures we have in place within our organisation.
At Hoskins Architects, we have long prioritised the wellbeing of our employees. We strive to create a supportive and inclusive environment that fosters psychological safety and encourages personal and professional growth. It is important to us that everyone feels supported and included, and we believe in cultivating a space where you can be yourself, feel safe, and thrive both in your career and personal life.
To help us keep on top of how we are all feeling, we cultivated a new workgroup: The Wellbeing Group.
Every month, the Wellbeing Group distributes our Monthly Pulse Questionnaire, to anonymously gather feedback from everyone. By identifying areas that impact our overall wellbeing, we can focus on where we need to enhance support and ensure that everyone's voices are heard, resulting in a better sense of wellbeing for all.
Wellbeing co-ordinator, Melanie, loved her experience with formal mentoring programmes in 2022, both as a mentee for her RIAS conservation accreditation and as a mentor for the Women in Architecture UK mentoring scheme. This inspired us to launch our own Mentoring programme in February 2023, to enable team members to seek advice and support from colleagues outside their immediate team. Our programme covers everything from career development to office culture, knowledge sharing to skill building, networking to work/life balance and mental wellbeing.
The group organises talks and discussions to raise awareness of potential challenges that our colleagues may face, covering topics such as reproductive health, mental health, and diversity. These talks aim to break down barriers and provide support to all members of our team. We want to ensure everyone feels comfortable and supported, no matter what challenges they might be facing.
We recognise that our employees are by far our most valuable asset and are committed to fostering a working environment that promotes their wellbeing and happiness. We prioritise a positive and supportive culture that enables our talented team to thrive and achieve their best work.